1 oz Aperol
1 oz Noilly Prat Dry Vermouth
Stir with ice and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with an orange (or lemon) twist.
Two weekends ago, Andrea and I paid a visit to Ben Sandrof's Sunday Salon. One of the drinks on the menu was a No. 9 Park classic, the Contessa. The Contessa was created as part of a Flight of Heraldry that included the Negroni and another Negroni variation, the Patrician. Ben described how the Contessa was created by Courtney Bissonnette and John Gertsen, and Courtney later adopted the drink's name as her LUPEC pseudonym. Lauren Clarke of DrinkBoston wrote about the trilogy and attributed the drink to Ryan McGrale and John Gertsen, so perhaps all three of them had a hand in the drinks' creation.